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SQL Server: We Have Lift-Off...Almost

I'm not exactly sure how Microsoft ships products. This week, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2008 is released to manufacturing. This is such an exciting event that it comes with its own acronym, RTM. That's TWU, or Totally Weird and Unnecessary.

So it's Aug. 7, 2008, and SQL Server code has been sent to the manufacturers, who'll get it in your hands by the middle of next month, more than a month later. What exactly is the manufacturer doing? It could be making boxes and burning CDs, but that's SOS (So Old-School). But these days, it's all about the download. So what's taking so long? Maybe you can tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

In any event, subscribers to TechNet or MSDN can check out an eval version now, and volume license customers will get it late next week. Or you could just wait 'til Sept. 15 and buy one of seven different versions. That's right, there are seven different versions ranging from a free compact version, a developer rev, a Web edition, all the way up to the high-end Enterprise release.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/07/2008 at 1:15 PM


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